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Acid reign

Kenneth Goh (left).
Kenneth Goh (left).PHOTOS: HARPER’S BAZAAR
English fashion designer Stella McCartney opted for an oversized skirt suit with splashes of colour for that perfect blend of playful and practical.
English fashion designer Stella McCartney opted for an oversized skirt suit with splashes of colour for that perfect blend of playful and practical.
Sneakers, $229, Onitsuka Tiger
Sneakers, $229, Onitsuka Tiger
Jacket, $412, CLOSED at Farfetch
Jacket, $412, CLOSED at Farfetch
T-shirt, $27.95, H&M x P.E Nation
T-shirt, $27.95, H&M x P.E Nation
Bag, $75.90, Charles & Keith.
Bag, $75.90, Charles & Keith.
Jeans, $69.90, Zara
Jeans, $69.90, Zara
Sunglasses, Ray-Ban
Sunglasses, Ray-Ban

Acid wash denim - the 1980s staple - is back in the spotlight, but without the punk-rock vibes of yesteryear.

French luxury house Pierre Balmain kept the denim's bleached blue roots and elevated it through a crisp pantsuit silhouette with strong shoulders and a nipped waist.

English fashion designer Stella McCartney opted for an oversized skirt suit with splashes of colour for that perfect blend of playful and practical.

Add a youthful spin by teaming yours with sneakers, a cute hat and rose-tinted lenses.

Fashion aficionado, celebrated style maven and editor-in-chief of Harper's Bazaar Singapore, Kenneth Goh, gives you his tips and tricks to get you looking and feeling fabulous.

• The article first appeared in Harper's Bazaar Singapore, which is published by SPH Magazines. For more fashion, beauty and lifestyle news, get a copy of Harper's Bazaar, download the digital edition from Magzter or go to www.harpersbazaar.com.sg


How to work acid denim into your daily wardrobe

1 Pick pale denim washes to ease into this trend and keep to just one item for the entire look. Pair with simpler plain coloured pieces (such as a white T-shirt) to keep the look fresh.

2 Tie-dye is an easy way to get the acid wash look without the heaviness of denim. An oversized tie-dye T-shirt works a treat for the weekend when worn with wide palazzo trousers in beige or white.

3 Elevate the look with a bucket bag or even a string of pearls to make the outfit chic and sharp.

4 Only the very young (read: under 25-year-olds) should attempt the brighter acid washes in red, yellow or green. A safer route? Keep to all shades of indigo.

5 A pair of 1970s rose-tinted shades helps to give you the appearance of a flower child. It is just the thing to recall those halcyon days of youth.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 03, 2020, with the headline 'Acid reign'. Print Edition | Subscribe